Not Enough Veterans Get Folic Acid With Methotrexate

SAN FRANCISCO—Co-prescription of folic acid in patients receiving low dose oral methotrexate (MTX) is recommended because it reduces adverse events and prolongs the use of the drug. A study on PLOS One suggests, however, that not enough is known about how often new...

Evaluation of Allopurinol Use for Acute Gout Attack

SAN ANTONIO — Allopurinol traditionally has not been initiated during an acute gout attack to avoid prolonging the painful arthritis.Instead, the 2012 American College of Rheumatology Guidelines for the Management of Gout suggest that urate-lowering therapy can be...

Knee Arthroplasty Less Effective in RA, Compared to OA

OMAHA, NE — Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is effective in reducing pain for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) but not as much as with osteoarthritis (OA) patients, according to a new study.The report, published recently in the journal Arthritis &...

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